Strongly Opposed to Proposed .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG Registry Agreement Changes
To the ICANN Board, I am opposed to the proposed changes to the Contracts for the .biz .info and .org Regstries specifically: Lifting of Price Controls on Registry Services. ICANN's Role is to provide Stability to the DNS, the internet, and to the Domain Registrants/Companies that have become "The Internet"...These Changes do everything, but, promote stability. The "Lifting of Price Controls on Registry Services." gives monopolistic control to each of the .biz, .info, and .org Registries and ensures anti Competive Pricing by lifting Caps on Registration Costs. It allows the Registry to charge whatever they can get away with, as they are unhindered by contractual obligations to continue to provide their service with only a small incremental price increase... Giving them free reign to charge what ever the market will bare... These Changes not only are contrary to that concept...they would be a bigger disruption to the Internet Businesses using those extensions, than SiteFinder's brief .com life ever was. and Other Standardized Terms. Consistent with the proposed new .COM registry agreement, each of the proposed .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG registry agreements contains a Section 3.1(f) on the use for statistical purposes only of "traffic data." The 2005 .NET registry agreement did not contain this provision, however the inclusion of this provision was negotiated by each of the .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG registry operators to provide for consistency with the proposed new .COM registry agreement, although this does not imply that these registries will implement said provision. Section 3.1(f) Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude Registry Operator from making commercial use of. or collecting, traffic data regarding domain names or non-existant domain names for purposes such as , without limitation, the determination of availability and health of the internet, pinpointing specific points of failure, characterizing attacks and misconfigurations, identifying compromised networks and hosts and promoting the sale of domain names, provided however, that such use does not disclose domain name registrant or end user information or other Personal Data as defined in section 3.1(c) (i) for any purpose not otherwise authorized by this agreement. The process for the introduction of new Registry Services shall not apply to such traffic data. Nothing contained in this section 3.1 (f) shall be deemed to constitute consent or acquiesdence by ICANN to an introduction by Registry Operator of a service employing a Wild Card function. To the extent that traffic data subject to th! is provision is made available, access shall be on terms that are nondiscriminatory... --- In plain english this says...If the Registry does not disclose domain name registrant or end user information or other Personal Data as defined in section 3.1(c) (i) for any purpose not otherwise authorized by this agreement....it can collect, traffic data regarding domain names or non-existant domain names, gather whatever information about any quarries to their TLD that they can, and they can use that information any way they want to, and sell it to whomever can come up with the price, they set on it. Nondiscriminatory from what standpoint certainly not from a "Free for use" standpoint...as these would obviously be "Fee For Use of Information" Services...any Fee for use, is discriminatory, to someone that cannot afford it. Combine these 2 Changes to the Contract, and you have Registry Systems that are Monopolies, that can determine interest and value of: any existing registered (or future domain of interest) Domain, and the Right to get whatever they want for its Registration...leaving the millions of Registrants with a 6 month window to either go out of business, or come up with what ever extorted amount, the Registry sets as the yearly fee for the Registration of their specific domain, based on arbitrary values the Registry determines they can get from a competitor that may want a Domain. I'd like to know if ICANN even thought to send out these ridiculous Proposed Change's to these Contracts; To the MILLIONS of Registrants/Businesses in these TLD's that would be effected...and that could be put out of business, by the acceptance of these Contract changes. Forrester D. Rupp ________________________________________________________________________ Check out AOL.com today. Breaking news, video search, pictures, email and IM. All on demand. Always Free.